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    Help me find a heat sealer

    If I'm sealing foil-lined kraft bags or just regular foil bags what kind of heat sealer do I need? It seems to me that the wire strip impulse sealers don't create a wide enough seal so I'm thinking about a foot operated, direct heat with some kind of crimping or waffle jaw. A continuous band sealer would be nice but they are a bit out of my price range at the moment. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Impulse sealers work fine. Your main concern is how many bags per day.

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    6"Constant Heat Hot Jaw Hand Held Sealer 9 16 Wide Seal for Mylar Bags KF150CST | eBay

    This one has worked fine for me. But make sure you purchase the wide seal.
    Mine has a high and low setting. I usually leave it on the high setting unless
    I am sealing less thick foil sample bags, after the sealer has heated up,
    I will turn to low for the sample bags. You could surf the internet for maybe a better deal.
    I have seen them range between $80.00 --$130.00.
    If that suits you price range.

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    This is the impulse sealer I use; TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL. It's more costly than the typical 12", but the reason I opted for this model is for its magnetic hold feature. It has an electromagnet that holds it shut for the sealing time and the cooling time, which is great because I can work on filling the next bag instead of standing there holding the sealer closed. Even though it may be 10sec. or less, it's a great convenience feature.
    Last edited by peterjschmidt; 04-04-2014 at 04:54 PM.

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    I bought from this guy on eBay: WORLDWIDE VERSION shiping included FR900 ss CONTINUOUS BAND VERTICAL BAG SEALER (worldwide version because I needed 220v power). Don Calnan and his email address is: packagingmachineslistings@live.com.

    I paid about $600 and 20,000 bags+ later everything is still good.
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    Whats your budget? North Atlantic Bags sells a jaw sealer, AMI heat sealers have a wide range of options and pricing, DoBoy has a great bench mount/handheldsealer. 5lb foil lined bags take a lot of heat so consider that if you will be using that large of a bag.
    Charlie
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    I found my sealer on craigslist. 18" impulse. My bags have foil in them too. I just crank it up to the max timing, and hit it twice.

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    I'm looking at 500-1000 bags/day.

    from 2oz pouches to 5lb bags. kraft lined with foil.

    I tried some bags on a friend's impulse sealer. Not as nice as the one peterjschmidt linked, just a regular tabletop one. I found it sealed the pouches fine but didn't make an airtight seal on the foil side gusset bags.

    Thanks everyone for the responses. I've got some reading to do.

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    Can anyone comment on the following? Someone just told me that the sealing process releases smoke into the bag and taints the coffee? Has anyone had this problem?? Thanks

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    I'd say that's nonsense. If a sealer is producing any smoke at all, it's set waaaaaay to high.

 

 
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